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Posted Date: 01/16/2022


MELANIE HAYES is the Student Services Coordinator at Dawson ISD, and has been an employee of the district for 37 years, beginning as a substitute teacher.  Melanie was born in Dallas, and lived her first few years in Roanoke.  Her family moved to Farmers Branch, and then Carrollton, when she was 11.  She moved to Welch 45 years ago when she married her husband, so Dawson ISD has pretty much been a part of her entire adult life.


After graduating high school, Melanie attended the University of North Texas. She finished up her college career at Texas Tech in 1978. 


Melanie and her husband, Keith, have three daughters.  Melissa and her husband, Matt, live in Canyon.  Laurel and her husband, Rob, live outside of Seminole.  Ashton and her husband, Alex, live in New Home.  Her husband and all three of her daughters graduated from Dawson High School.  Melanie and Keith have nine grandchildren:  Kenah, Koy, Aiden, Adyson, Maddox, Hudson, Sutton, Holden, and Beckett.  They spend lots of time on the road attending their grandchildren’s various events, and Melanie’s happiest times are when all her family is together.  She and Keith attend the Church of Christ in Welch, and her faith is a very important part of her life.  She often tells people that God will be with them every step of the way, no matter what they are going through, and she truly believes this – He’s with us through the good times and the bad. 


The thing she loves most about her job is that she just loves children and young people!!  She was that little girl who always knew she was going to be a teacher, and she was in the classroom for several years.  Melanie now works part-time as the Student Services Coordinator, and she loves talking with kids about what they want to do after they graduate from Dawson, and helping them get started on that pathway.  She is also very excited to see some things like the athletic program coming back to the district.


Melanie loves cooking and baking, and she also loves music and singing.  She feels God speaks to her through music.  She has played the piano, the clarinet, and the guitar, and still enjoys playing the piano occasionally.  She also loves to read and work in the yard -- she loves planting flowers. 


When Melanie was growing up, she never dreamed she would live anywhere but Dallas, but after she moved to Welch she loved the small town atmosphere and people, and is so thankful for the friends she has made through the years.  Dawson ISD is truly blessed to have Melanie Hayes as part of the Dragon Staff!!